Featured University: University of South Carolina

We are in the middle of the LINGUIST List 2021 fund drive. If you are interested how well we are doing, the updates can be seen here https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/ The leader of our university challenge, both in terms of amount of combined donations and the number of donors is the University of South Carolina. The University of South Carolina is home to one of the lesser known but highly successful linguistic programs in the US. The University of South Carolina itself started off in 1801 as South Carolina College. It was 165 years later that the University established a Linguistics Program, in 1965, with faculty mainly from the university’s Department of English Language & Literature. Set up to grant graduate degrees only, U of SC’s Linguistic Program awarded its first Masters degree in 1967 to Gerda Petersen Jordan (1927-2007), who went on to earn a PhD in Comparative Literature and serve as a professor of German for 20 years at this university. The program’s first PhD recipient in 1970 was Alan R. Slotkin (1943-2020), who went on to teach in the English Department at Tennessee Tech University until his retirement.

At the time of Linguist List’s creation in 1990, the U of SC Linguistics Program had participating faculty in English, Anthropology, and Foreign Languages. A couple of the more well-known faculty from that time were Carol Myers-Scotton and Marjorie Goodwin (the latter of whom currently teaches at UCLA). Shortly thereafter, the Program expanded to include faculty from Philosophy, Psychology, and Communication Sciences & Disorders, transforming it into a true “interdepartmental discipline”. Doctoral students graduating from the U of SC Linguistics Program have variously specialized in sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, historical linguistics, phonology, TESOL, foreign language syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, and the program has had a solid record of mentoring its students and placing them in the profession.

We are grateful to the faculty and students of the Linguistics Program at the University of South Carolina for their constant support over the years. Please, if you have a chance, join them and support the LINGUIST List with a donation: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

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